Cherry shrimp dying.
Hi, new poster here. Also new to planted tanks and shrimps. Not new to reading this forum or this hobby in general. I have kept cichlids and bettas for over a decade.
I have an aqueon evolve 2 gallon kit with java fern/moss, fluval shrimp stratum, and mopani drift wood.
I have lost 4 RCS over the last two weeks, there is only 1 left. I think what's killing them are ammonia spikes after water changes caused by disturbing the substrate. I did an ammonia test before a wc, it was 0, after a wc it was between .25-.5. There is no ammonia in my tap. It was a few posts online that I noticed that led me to believe this was happening to my tank as well.
Besides the ammonia spikes after a wc, the paramaters are...
nitrates .5 or under.
I seeded the tank a month and a half ago using media from my cichlid tank and did a fishless cycle.
My fluval shrimp stratum is about an inch to an inch and a half deep. Is this too much? How do I prevent a spike after disturbing the substrate?
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Oh I also did a copper test and it showed between 0-.25.'I believe this was from the ferts(flourish) and have since stopped dosing until I get this figured out. Tap showed 0.